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General News of Thursday, 16 September 2021


'Tell Dampare to forgive me' – Rev. Owusu Bempah breaks silence

John Boadu, Owusu Bempah, Dr Dampare and Hopeson Adorye John Boadu, Owusu Bempah, Dr Dampare and Hopeson Adorye

Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah has broken his silence from detention asking his most trusted senior confidante to plead with the Acting Inspector General of Police, George Akuffo Dampare to “forgive me if I have said or done anything that offended him”, can authoritatively confirm.

This is after the information is emerging about how police officers acting on orders alleged to be directly from the handcuffed Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah on his hospital bed Monday night after the clergyman was admitted.

According to sources speaking to under strict conditions of anonymity, Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah was admitted to the Police Hospital Outpatient Unit and was examined by a Doctor all without handcuff.

He was also brought to the hospital without handcuff but after minutes of being allocated a bed with an armed police officer stationed by his side, “an order from above” came to have him handcuffed to the bed which news was first to publish and went viral as a result of our publication.

After numerous calls were placed to higher-ups in the political space by Rev. Owusu Bempah’s camp, the handcuff was removed after a further reinforcement of 7 armed police commandos were deployed to the hospital by another order from above.

This created a scene at the police hospital as NPP political figures such as Hopeson Adorye and Ernest Owusu Bempah of Ghana Gas among others had stormed the police hospital to check on the embattled pastor Owusu Bempah.

'I will shoot your head off!'

In the ensuing confrontation between the police and the visiting faction led by Hopeson Adorye, some of the armed police officers threatened to shoot off the head of Hopeson Adorye if he took one step.

This is after the police officers said they have an order to remove the drip on Rev. Owusu Bempah and take him back to his holding cells but which Hopeson Adorye and others resisted as they believe the man needed medical care.

The standoff which lasted for several minutes saw the handcuff placed back on Rev. Owusu Bempah as he was driven top

Earlier, understands efforts by John Boadu, General Secretary of the NPP to get Rev. Owusu Bempah bailed out the Dansoman police station was refused by the police based on “orders from high above” in the police service.

Further intervention by Ama Busia, an elderly stalwart of the New Patriotic Party to get Rev. Owusu Bempah out also proved futile.

In a last-ditch attempt, the NPP fell on lawyer Gary Nimako, an astute legal brain to help save an embattled Rev. Owusu Bempah.

'Tell Dampare to forgive me'

In an emotional message, Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah is quoted by a trusted source who was with him at the hospital as having told him ” to tell Dampare to forgive him if he has offended him”.

Rev. Owusu Bempah believes that the Acting IGP may have an axe to grind with him hence his tightening of the noose around his neck.

Several police officers deployed to Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah did confirm that the Acting IGP is the one giving the orders on the Rev. Owusu Bempah case.

A common phrase heard is “Dampare said… Dampare said”.

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